Boeing has grounded its 787 Dreamliner jets due to safety concerns. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Thursday that Boeing Co. (BA.N) has temporarily halted deliveries of its 787 Dreamliner while the U.S. plane maker conducts further analysis of the airframe. Deliveries will not resume until the FAA is satisfied the problem has been resolved, the agency said.

“The FAA is working with Boeing to determine any actions that may be necessary for newly delivered aircraft,” the agency said.
Boeing said in a review of certification documents that it “discovered an analytical error by our supplier related to the forward bulkhead on the 787.” “We notified the FAA and suspended delivery of the 787 until the required analysis and documentation was completed.”

Spirit AeroSystems (SPR.N), which supplies the forward bulkhead for 787 planes, said it was aware that Boeing had suspended deliveries.
“Based on current information and our interactions with Boeing to date, we believe it is premature to suggest that Spirit made an analytical error,” the company said in a statement.

Boeing said it discovered the defect last week.
“There are no immediate safety or flight concerns for the operating fleet,” Boeing said. “While near-term supplies will be affected, we currently do not expect any change in our production and supply outlook for the year.”

The Wall Street Journal previously reported that Boeing had not released the Dreamliner from the production line or the dozens of warehouses awaiting delivery since January 26 due to a documentation problem.

Boeing shares fell 2.6% in extended trading after the announcement, after closing up about 1%.
In August, the FAA approved the first 787 for delivery after May 2021, after approval of the manufacturer’s inspection and modification plan. Boeing delivered 31 787s in 2022 and said last month it plans to deliver 70 to 80 787s this year.

Boeing Chief Financial Officer Brian West said in a call last month that “we’re going to take a little longer” to produce five 787s later today. year six “But we’re still seeing 70-80 on the charts,” West said.

Boeing has suspended deliveries in 2021 after the FAA raised concerns about its proposed inspection method. In September 2020, the FAA announced that it was investigating manufacturing defects in approximately 787 aircraft.

The current issue is unrelated to a previous quality issue involving gaps around the front compression bulkhead. The FAA discovered this in 2021, and it caused a supply disruption that lasted until August 2022.

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